RT: If new EU sanctions hit energy sector, Russia may close airspace – Medvedev

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Published time: September 08, 2014 10:42
Edited time: September 08, 2014 13:30

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (RIA Novosti/Dmitry Astakhov)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (RIA Novosti/Dmitry Astakhov)

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned Russia may shut its air corridors to Western airlines if the next round of European sanctions hit Russian energy companies.

“If there are sanctions related to the energy sector, or further restrictions on Russia’s financial sector, we will have to respond asymmetrically,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Vedomosti newspaper, published on Monday.

EU ministers will gather on Monday to discuss new sanctions against Russia and are rumored to be introduced on Tuesday. The prime minister promised a strong retaliation if the West slaps Russia with more sanctions.

“We could impose transport restrictions,” Medvedev said, adding, “We believe we have friendly relations with our partners, and foreign airlines of friendly countries are permitted to fly over Russia. However, we’ll have to respond to…

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